Boyd Webb – commended

New Zealand photographer. He studied at the Ilam School of Art in Christchurch (1968–71) and from 1972 to 1975 at the Royal College of Art in London, where he settled. 

Boyd Webb, ‘Scott’s Tent’ 1984
Boyd Webb
Scott’s Tent 1984
© Boyd Webb

Though trained as a sculptor, he chose to work with photography, concentrating at first on realistic scenes with curious details and odd juxtapositions of objects. He developed his mature style in the 1980s, creating purely theatrical and artificial images from constructed sets and actors, without resorting to trick photographic techniques. Works such as Renounce (1984; Sydney, A.G. NSW), with their incongruous objects and bizarre setting, are designed to puzzle the viewer, so demanding further reflection.